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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Apple Dumps Controversial 'Gay-Cure' App

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM

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Apple on Wednesday quietly removed the controversial "gay-cure" app created by a religious group with the goal of helping people resist their unwanted homosexual desires.

Media outlets are reporting that while the company has not made any comments, the iPhone app is no longer available at Apple's app store.

Exodus International, a Florida-based ministry group, launched the app last month to help people "free themselves from homosexuality through prayer." But the app unleashed rage among gays and lesbians, who have been demanding Apple get rid of the offensive app.

Truth Wins Out, a gay advocacy group, started an online petition yesterday, demanding Apple strip the app. It garnered more than 146,000 signatures in 24 hours. Petitioners accused Apple of violating its own guidelines by allowing a "mean-spirited" and "bigoted" app to be sold.

In the petition letter sent to Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO,

supporters said: "Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-semitic apps in its

store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT

youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a 'sin that

will make your heart sick.'"

Members of Truth Wins Out praised Apple for its decision.

"The real winners today are LGBT youth who are safer and less at risk for receiving Exodus' malice and misinformation," the group said in a statement.

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